No Picnic on Mount Kenya (Paperback)
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No Picnic on Mount Kenya (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 06/10/2016
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The very sight of this encampment tumbled one’s heart into one’s boots. We stared as thought mesmerised, but nobody dared to utter aloud the question each put to himself: “yes, inside there: but for how long?”

A rediscovered mountaineering classic and the extraordinary true story of a daring escape up Mount Kenya by three prisoners of war.

When the clouds covering Mount Kenya part one morning to reveal its towering peaks for the first time, prisoner of war Felice Benuzzi is transfixed. The tedium of camp life is broken by the beginnings of a sudden idea - an outrageous, dangerous, brilliant idea.

There are not many people who would break out of a P.O.W. camp, trek for days across perilous terrain before climbing the north face of Mount Kenya with improvised equipment, meagre rations, and with a picture of the mountain on a tin of beef among their more accurate guides.

There are probably fewer still who would break back in to the camp on their return. But this is the remarkable story of three such men. No Picnic on Mount Kenya is a powerful testament to the human spirit of revolt and adventure in even the darkest of places.

‘The history of mountaineering can hardly present a parallel to this mad but thrilling escapade’ - Saturday Review

‘A most extraordinary prisoner-of-war and escape story’ – The New Yorker

‘A mad venture and a gallant tribute to man's deep yearning for freedom’ - Kirkus Reviews

‘The book crackles with the same dry humour as its title. It contains the prison-yard bartering and candlelight stitching that mark a classic jailbreak yarn; the encounters with wild beasts in Mount Kenya's forest belt are as gripping, and the descriptions of sparkling glaciers as awe-inspiring, as any passage in the great exploration diaries of the early 20th century’ - The Economist

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9780857053770
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 356 g
Dimensions: 198 x 137 x 25 mm


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Felice Benuzzi's tale is a real joy. An extraordinary adventure written with a light, deft, humorous touch that makes it irresistibly readable. And it certainly shows that the British don't have a monopoly of eccentricity. -- Michael Palin
Benuzzi's sketches and his glorious writing and humour make this an incomparable tribute to camaraderie and daring. -- Jane Manaster * San Francisco Book Review *

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“An unbelievable truth”

I love a good true story and bought this as it looked like a good tale. How wrong. It is a fabulous story. A brief glimpse of a mountain sparks a desire in a prisoner of war to climb it. Mount Kenya, so close to the... More

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